The Right Coast

August 16, 2005
Abbas and Arafat
By Mike Rappaport

How different is Abbas than Arafat?

According to David Pryce-Jones, writing in the New York Post:

In the past six months of supposed truce, they have mounted some 800 attacks on Israel, with many more foiled or aborted during the mission. Contending between them for supremacy, the two main Palestinian movements, Fatah and Hamas, have an almost equal share in these attacks—the former in the name of nationalism, the latter as Islamists. As chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas calls for calm while simultaneously, as head of Fatah, he either permits or fails to prevent his men from attacking Israel—a facing-two-ways performance worthy of his dissembling predecessor Yasser Arafat.